Northwest Indiana communities are adopting a humanitarian policy that bans the sale of puppies raised in puppy and kitten mills starting October 2021.
The towns of Dyer and Highland have joined the City of Columbus and St. Joseph County to be among the 1st in the state of Indiana to have a humane pet store ordinance. Passed in Dyer, the policy prohibits the selling of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. Violators of the ordinance would be fined up to $500 for every violation and $500 per day of continued violation.
The ordinance does not affect breeders, however, and also allows pet stores to collaborate with animal care facilities and rescue organizations to display available adoptable dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Local officials in Highland did not identify specific penalties for violators but said the new law would fall under the general penalty provision which would fine violators of up to $2,500 per day. The nearby towns of Crown Point, Hobart, and Munster are also considering passing a similar ordinance.